Drug dealer ordered to pay back his profits

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a DRUG dealer thought to have made over £78,000 has been ordered to pay back £19,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Richard Gaunt, aged 24, of Griffiths Road, High Green, Sheffield, was jailed for two years and eight months in March after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, and possessing Mcat, known as Miaow Miaow.

Police arrested him in July last year after stopping him for not wearing his seatbelt.

When they searched his car they found £2,484 worth of cocaine and £690 worth of Mcat.

Gaunt, who is behind bars, had his case mentioned at Sheffield Crown Court again for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

South Yorkshire Police asked for the dealer to be stripped of the profits of his crime.

Financial investigators looked into his finances and found assets worth £19,435, which a judge ordered him to hand over to the authorities within six months or spend another 12 months locked up.

Damian Roebuck, a financial investigator, said: “South Yorkshire Police are making the best use of the Proceeds of Crime legislation to ensure that no criminals benefit from their crimes.”